For the past two months, Sunday has easily been my favorite day of the week. Not burdened by the confines of a classroom desk or having to run the miscellaneous errands that mark adulthood, Sunday has become a welcomed reprieve from ordinary day-to-day life, allowing me to spend my day doing what I love the best: engaging people in hands- on-art activities and conversations about art.
An Art-Filled L.A. Weekend
It was with great excitement that I traveled to Los Angeles two weekends ago to participate in the kick-start of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, a six-month initiative highlighting the rich and evolving art scene of this vibrant city. Having been born and raised in New York City, I have come to cherish its unique cultural history—claiming “Museum Mile” as my own backyard and its prestigious museums as my playground. Yet while inherently proud of New York-centric cultural movements such as the Harlem Renaissance and abstract expressionist painting, arts of the West Coast have always held a strong element of intrigue for me as well: pop, performance, conceptual art, collaboration! It was thus with keen anticipation that I embarked upon finally experiencing this Western cultural locus in person.
Esteemed artist Emma Amos and Assistant Curator, Lauren Haynes were the latest to sit down for The Artist’s Voice, a conversation series at the Studio Museum on Thursday, September 29th.
If you are a fan of Emma Amos, then you know that the she is anything but ordinary. The artist, like her work, is vibrant, poignant, and remarkably expressive.
RoseLee Goldberg in conversation with Shirin Neshat and Wangechi Mutu
Celebrating the newest publication by Performa Founding Director and Curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa 09: Back To Futurism surveys the New York visual art performance landscape as it was during the last Performa biennial in 2009. Though it might seem a bit belated for the release of such a book, Goldberg’s intent is not just for the present, but for the “art historians of the future,” thirty years from now, who will use documents like this and the two previously published volumes to get a snapshot of what was going on with live performance art in 2009.
Last Wednesday the Schomburg Center was packed with energy as a multitude of guests eagerly anticipated the unveiling of four stamps honoring Romare Bearden. On the centennial of the artist’s birthday, cultural institutions all over New York City are commemorating Bearden and his powerful creative legacy. Currently on view at the Studio Museum is the majestic black and white Conjur Woman, 1964, created while Bearden was part of the historic Spiral group dedicated to the political and gallery representation of black artists.
A healthy contingency of Studio Museum representatives flew to Los Angeles this weekend to check out Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, a region-wide initiative to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene. Funded by The J. Paul Getty Trust, 60+ cultural institutions in Southern California are simultaneously showcasing exhibitions that highlight major L.A. art movements from 1945-1980.
Three Trips Around the Block
Rico Gatson opens his mid-career retrospective entitled Three Trips Around the Block tonight at Exit Art. A frequent exhibitor at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Gatson participated in the groundbreaking group show Freestyle (2001), curated by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Gatson's work - videos, performances, sculptures and paintings oftentimes dominated by kaleidoscopic imagery and high-contrast patterns - conceptually mines the process of mourning and liberating tragic African American histories.
In honor of the launch of the Pacific Standard Time initiative this weekend, we're reproducing an article from the current issue of Studio magazine that highlights two of the incredible exhibitions that anyone in the Los Angeles area must not miss!
with Nancy Barton, Jim Hodges and Shirin Neshat
Enjoy a clip from last week's The Artist's Voice featuring Lyle Ashton Harris in conversation with artists Nancy Barton, Jim Hodges, Shirin Neshat and Studio Museum Exhibition Coordinator and Program Associate Thomas J. Lax!
The Studio Museum is thrilled to announce our participation in the 2011 Smithsonian magazine Museum Day, September 24, 2011! Along with hundreds of other participating institutions across the nation, we will provide free admission to visitors who present a Museum Day Admission Ticket, available for download free of charge on the Museum Day website. Download your ticket now and join us on Saturday!